Nicole Glover, a New York-based saxophonist, has been described as “uninhibited,” a “precocious talent,” and a “rising saxophonist.” She first made her mark in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, recording and performing with Grammy Award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding, multi-instrumentalist George Colligan, and drummer/educator Alan Jones. Glover was a member of the acclaimed soul group Ural Thomas and the Pain, which received an Emmy Award for their feature episode of Oregon Art Beat. She began performing internationally at festivals throughout Europe and North America and headlined the Portland Jazz Festival with her quartet. Glover has also performed with such musicians as Kenny Garrett, Geoffrey Keezer, Bennie Maupin, Chuck Israels, Mike Clark, Bill Stewart, Mel Brown, and Helen Sung.
Since Glover moved to New York City in 2015, she has recorded and toured with Gene Perla and worked with Victor Lewis, Rodney Green, Jeff “Tain” Watts, David Weiss, Luis Perdomo, Jason Brown, and Bill Goodwin. She has performed nationally and internationally at famed venues such as Birdland, Dizzy’s Club, Minton’s, Smalls, the Jazz Standard, Duc De Lombard, SFJazz, Jazz Bistro, Jazz Showcase, the Kennedy Center, and many others. In 2019, Glover joined Grammy-nominated artist Buika for her world tour, which included performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall. She released her latest album, Strange Lands, on Savant Records in August 2021.
Glover is also an experienced educator and clinician. She is currently on faculty with the New York Jazz Workshop and is a teacher for multiple charter schools through the Jazz Empowers program.